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Taiwan Church News

3268 Edition

October 13 - October 19, 2014

Headline News

 

 

Taiwan Society Blockade Ting Hsin International Group In An Fury About Adulterated Cooking Oil Scandal

 

 

Reported by Chen Yi-hsuan

 

 

"No buy and no use of any product from Ting Hsin International Group(THIG)", including Wei Chuan Food Company's products, Linfenying Milk, Matsusei Supermarket, Cheng I Flagrant Lard, Wei Li Fragrant Lard, Taiwan Start Telecom and dizzily miscellaneous products, has become an over-whelming social movement in early October Taiwan. This is due to Ting Hsin got a third allegation within one year, being get involved into the adulterated cooking oil scandal. And the fury of Taiwan society is therefore triggered into an unstoppable trend.

 

 

Rev. Lin Wei-lien, Secretary of PCT Church and Society Committee, points out that the crises due to a series of plasticizer, adulterted chemicals and recycled waste cooking oil are not only problems limited within the issues of food safety, they are actually telling people this government is incompetent to guard against the threat from which is Taiwan people's  most humble request to escape. "An irresponsible government without sympathy is the ultimate source of people's sufferings!", said Rev. Lin.

 

 

Rev. Lin urges Christians to read some verses of Leviticus in Old Testament again in order to think afresh about the relationship between food and cleanse. "Except harshly criticizing the greedy merchants sacrificing public health and making glaring profits, through producing gene-modified foods or adulterating chemical additives, Christians should also think if his or her job is compliant to the biblical implication of cleanse? if he or she does the job following the rule honestly without cheating?", warned Rev. Lin, illegal adulterated oil or food stuffs are actually murder cases in disguise, though not causing immediate harm to the victims yet fatal in the long run.


 

Therefore, Ting Hsin International Group not only should be prosecuted for all their devastating crimes to poison Taiwan public for years, a comprehensive and through civil compensation project from this covetous conglomerate requires to be imposed as soon as possible, pleads Rev. Lin.

 

 

Rev. Lee Hsin-ku, Secretary of Church and Society Committee of Kaohsiung Presbytery, remarks that Taiwan public could at least blockade the malignant manufactures from such black-heartened conglomerate: no buy or no use o their produce, especially when the Ma administration is proven incompetent to protect the basic well-being of Taiwan public.

 

 

Rev. Du Chien-suen, Secretary of Church and Society Committee of Cha-yi Presbytery, thinks that the significance of current food safety crisis points to some urgent warnings: "The mind of the Taiwanese is fallen sick", and "our normative values are seriously twisted". Beyond the overwheming blockade of the products manufactured by Ting Hsin International Group, the conscientiousness of Taiwan society needs to be summoned and borne again!

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

Linfenying Milk, the famous milk brand in Wei Chuan Food Company within THIG, used to be the most hot sale product among others; now it is stock piled on the shelf in Taiwan's October market.

 

 

Photo by Hsei Jen-ming

 

 
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3267 Edition

October 6 - October 12, 2014

Church Ministry

 

 

Fr. Anselm Grün Shows Up In HK Occupy Central, Saying Church Is Salt Not Butter!

 

 

Reported by Wu Hsin-ju and Lin Jia-jin

 

Fr. Anselm Grün, the Cellerar of St. Benedict Müsterschwarzach Abbey and a famous author with 300 books focusing on spirituality, accidentally shows up within Hong Kong's Occupy Central movement to experience the so-called "umbrella revolution"  in the evening of September 30.

 

 

Invited by Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited, Fr. Grün arrives Hong Kong on September 30 to deliver a speech about management - titled as "How to be a leader of happiness - the servant leadership and conflict management". As Fr. Grün's stay in HK just bumps into the period of Occupy Central movement, to understand the HK most urgent situations he goes to the Central site accompanied by Wu Hsin-hu - President of South & North Publishing Company. On their way to site, they came across several Taiwan exchange students and some church youth from Hsin Yin Presbyterian Church of Cha-yi Presbytery.


 

Fr. Grün said what Hong Kong people want to express among the Occupy Central movement is their determination to follow the values of democracy, freedom and human rights. And the Church should hold on to these universal values as well to play like salt, not butter! As only the salt can do the prophetic job better than butter to cleanse the world.

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Fr. Anselm Grün, with Taiwan exchange students and church youth showing their support for HK protest, photographed at HK demonstration site.

 

Photo by Wu Hsin-ju

 

To everyone's surprise, Fr. Anselm Grün, a world-famous prolific writer on spirituality, shows up within Hong Kong Occupy Central and sign for fans.

 

Photo by Wu Hsin-ju

 

 
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Taiwan Church News

3267 Edition

October 6 - October 12, 2014

Headline News

 

 

Taiwan Supports Hong Kong's Occupy Central Movement For Substantial Universal Suffrage and Real Democracy

 

 

Reported by Lin Yi-yin

 

 

To support HK's Occupy Central democratic movement, many Taiwanese social groups summoned by 318 Student Movement leaders, Lin Fei-fan and Chen Wei-ting, take part in an assembly at Taipei's Liberty Square in the evening of October 1. It is estimated over 10,000 people have attended this demonstration.

 

 

Pioneering campaigner or peaceful and non-violent movement in Taiwan, Professor Lin Tse-fu, also attends this assembly accompanied by three PCT officials: Rev. Ng Tiat-gan, Director of R&D; Evangelist Yeh Chin-an of Ecumenical and International Committee; Rev. Lin Wei-lien, Secretary of Church and Society Committee.

 

 

Rev. Lin said that a 100% universal suffrage is the basic rights of HK people, it should never be dictated by Beijing's power elite and make HK people running to vote like a squirrel in the cage. Rev. Ng points out the reasons, why HK people are taking on the street, are due to their fury toward the void universal suffrage and the clamp down on the freedom of expression. Ng talk in straight that HK's current situation, "one nation, two system" under China ruling, is a mirror image for future Taiwan. And Taiwan's Ma administration should take a serious thought about her China-inclined policy and practices.

 

 

Evangelist Yeh pays his tribute to the prophetic statement of HK Church: condemning police violence and rejecting the empty election of HK chief executive from 2017 on, as such courageous stance by HK people is consistent with PCT's confession of faith: It [the Church] is both universal and rooted in this land, identifying with all its inhabitants, and through love and suffering becoming the sign of hope. PCT will carry on to support and concern about HK's umbrella revolution, says Yeh.

 

 

Promoting a famous social action guidance, SELF-LIBERATION: A Guide to Strategic Planning for Action to End a Dictatorship and Other Oppression by Dr. Gene Sharp, Professor Lin Tse-fu urges HK student leaders and social activists to learn from this book as early as possible in order to deliver a holistic strategy to be applied on peaceful action. This book can be free download from website: www.aeinstein.org.

 

 

Lin stresses that the strategically planned peaceful and non-violent action, though still could not avoid inevitable threats and dangers, the chance of success is relatively high with low risks. To consolidate the achievements of umbrella revolution and make it blossoms further, Lin earnestly wish HK people would learn such peaceful and non-violent action early and setup some strategies to respond.

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 



With banner read "Watch For Hong Kong", supporting for HK's substantial universal suffrage and real democracy, over 10,000 Taiwan students and citizens summoned by 318 Student Movement leaders, Lin Fei-fan and Chen Wei-ting, take part in an assembly at Taipei's Liberty Square in the evening of October 1.

Photo by Lin Yi-yin

 
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3266 Edition

September 29 - October 5, 2014

Church Mnistry

 

 

Taiwan Democratic Groups Show Their Support For Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement

 

 

Reported by Chiu Kuo-rong

 

 

To support Hong Kong's democracy movement, Occupy The Central, several Taiwan's democratic action groups, including CTI Taiwan(Committee for a Workers' International, Taiwan), Taiwan Socialist and Taiwan Association for Congress Transparency Promotion(TACTP), show their protest before Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office at Taipei in the afternoon of September 27.

 

 

Wu Wei-chen, representative of Taiwan Socialist, remarks that the cause of this HK umbrella movement is due to an intrusive setup of the so-called "nomination committee" By Beijing to filter the possible candidates for the future HK Chief Executive after 2017. And this is a bleach against the wish of HK people: universal suffrage, citizen nomination and etc. "As a Hong Kong today maybe a tomorrow for Taiwan", said Wu, "This is why we have to stand out!".

 

 

A-Kwang, an anonymous speaker for CWI Taiwan, notes that HK under Beijing's "One nation, two system" was threatened to lose her freedom of expression within the event of Article 23 within Basic Law and the so-called Patriotic Education Movement; now HK is afraid to lose her democracy if people can get an empty universal suffrage.

 

 

Yeh Ping-ping, representative of TACPT, expresses their reason why they support HK umbrella movement is that Beijing's black-box decision of the future HK Chief Executive is totally against the universal spirit of democratic society: transparency and accountability. Therefore, they support the Occupy the Central an against the authoritarian decision by The National People's Congress of China.

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

Members of CWI Taiwan, Taiwan Socialist and TACTP, appealing HK citizens' direct nomination of Chief Executive after 2017, demonstrate against China's manipulative nomination before the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultral Office at Taipei on September 27.

 

Photo by Chiu Kuo-rong

 

 
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3266 Edition

September 29 - October 5, 2014

Church Ministry

 

 

PCT Carry On To Care For The Victims Of Kaohsiung Big Blast on August 1st

 

 

Reported By Lin Jia-jin

 

 

Chen Jeu-yu, a seriously wounded victim of Kaohsiung big blast on August 1st, was transferred to Neural Regeneration Center(NRC) of Taipei Veterans General Hospitals(TVGH) for further treatment. Through a report from the Church and Society Committee of Ping-tong Presbytery, Rev. Lin Wei-lien, Secretary of PCT Church and Society Committee goes to visit Chen in the evening of September 18th. Next day, Rev. Chen Jia-cherng with his wife, representing Yi-li Presbyterian Church, also go to TVGH to visit the wounded Chen Jeu-yu, and plead with church members to pray and support this positive and forward-looking young girl to stand up soon.

 

 

Chen Jeu-yu was a part-time worker in restaurant. In the very big blast moment, 11:56 p.m. close to midnight of July 31st near the crossroad of Wu-chin III Road and San-dor I Road, when she was off-duty and riding motorcycle on the way home, suddenly Chen was blasted up into two-stories high and heavily thrown down like a vase from the sky. Chen lost her consciousness immediately and ran into a comma. Chen's doctor says, if it is not due to her strong will to survive, the chance is dim to wake up from such deadly injuries. Though she is safe now from that most critical condition, Chen still has to face her devastating body injuries and trauma: broken backbone, paraplegic, comminuted fracture in left hand, multi-areas bruise and burns, haemothorax, lung contusion, liver laceration and etc.

 


As Chen's father passed away early, Chen with her elder sister and younger brother are brought up by her mother alone. Though Chen had not yet confessed her faith as a Christian, her mother, grandmother and aunt are pious Christians. Her aunt is also an elder of Liu-chiu Presbyterian Church of Ping-tung presbytery. Chen's young brother, who quits his job now to take care of her sister full time, welcomes the visit of Rev. Lin Wei-lien. He said, the church's dynamic power shown on a cowboy Sunday service deeply impressed him when he was a young student attending the church assembly first time.

 

 

Chen said, after her transfer into rehabilitation ward, she cried over two weeks as the rehabilitation is so hard and full of pain. But, under the encouragement from relatives and friends, she finally could wipe out tears and boost up herself with words: "I am lucky enough to be alive!", "If there is a slight ray of hope, I will insist to carry on!". Though Chen's hospital bed is hanging many folk religion's amulets from her friends, she still ask Rev. Lin to pray for her as she believes something wonderful will fall upon her.

 

 

In the mid-noon of September 19, Rev. Chen Jia-cherng with his wife, representing Yi-li Presbyterian Church to visit the wounded Chen and arranged some youth fellows to accompany Chen. In the evening of September 22,  Chiu Su-mei, wife of Rev. Chen Jia-chern, visits Chen again and teaches her the painting of Zentangle in order to release her tension and make her learn her potential capability.

 

 

Chiu Su-mei notes in her Facebook, "Today is the first time that Jeu-yu (Chen) experiences the Zentangle painting! She smiles so happily. Carry on, good girl! You must be able to stand up soon! God loves you!"

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe


 

Rev. Lin Wei-lien, Secretary of PCT Church and Society Committee, goes to visit Chen Jeu-yu who is seriously wounded and paraplegic-incurred by the Kaohsiung Big Blast on August 1st 2014.

 

Photo by Lin Jia-jin

 

 
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3266 Edition

September 22 - October 5, 2014

Headline News

 

PCT Pays Homage To The Scottish Independence Referendum

 

Reported By Lin Yi-yin

 

As the ratio of votes for Yes vs. No, regarding the Scottish Independence Referendum, is 45 to 55 under a 84% turn out rate, Scotland decides to remain in United Kingdom.

 

PCT also sends an observation group to monitor this independence referendum with 12 members, including Rev. Lo Ren-quei, Moderator of PCT General Assembly and the leader of this observation group; Professor Tsai Din-quei, President of Taiwan Plebiscite Union; Wu Juin-yen, Vice President of Restoration of Taiwan Social Justice; Chou Mei-li, Deputy General Secretary of Taiwan Solidarity Union(TAU); Iwan Sing, an aboriginal; Pasang, representative of ATIPP(Association of Taiwan Indigenous Peoples' Policy); some PCT committee representatives from ecumenical and women, and reporters from Taiwan Church Press. This observation group launched on September 12 and back to Taiwan on September 23, then, holding a press conference in congress to report their findings during this Scottish Independence Referendum vote on September 24.


 

In the press conference, Rev. Lo Ren-quei expressed his thanksgiving to the arrangement and hospitality extended from Church of Scotland (CoS), making possible PCT's observation group to invite more Taiwan political parties, social groups and youth representatives to join. Lo said, the observation group is further divided into 4 units to watch more closely different dimensions of this referendum vote. The atmosphere of the independence referendum is peaceful, Lo said, and England does not threat Scotland in guns like China did toward Taiwan with thousands of missiles.

 

 

Rev. Lo thinks the referendum result shows that most Scottish young people support Yes camp, as they hope Scotland can have more sovereignty; most elderly people stand behind No camp, for they worry about the uncertainty caused by a drastic economical, financial and political change. And one thing deserves to be reminded, said Lo, the proposition of this independence referendum is very clear: Should Scotland be an independent country? Such clear-cut choice for the Scotland people cannot ever be more conspicuous, said Lo, and this is wholly different from Taiwan's referendum act, castrated by a bird-cage like legal mechanism and a practically impossible high threshold, leading nowhere yet have to be scrutinized by a rubber stamp committee before the proposition can be established. Taiwan has a long way to go before her people can cast their ballots for an independence referendum free of obstruction, Lo commented in a straight talk.

 

 

Iwan Sing, an aboriginal representative, said she finds that 80% of the native Scottish people are proud to claim they are the Scottish, even the remaining 20% as immigrants also highly identify themselves as the Scottish. She, therefore, urge the people on Taiwan island to bravely claim: "We are Taiwanese!"

 

 

Professor Tsai Din-quei, President of Taiwan Plebiscite Union, remarks that plebiscite is the most peaceful way to decide on the independence or unification issue. Evidenced from the Scottish Independence Referendum, which legitimacy supersedes over Scotland's constitution, Taiwan people no doubt has right to determine whether to unite with China or not, and is privileged to decide whether the extrinsic ruling of the Republic of China should be terminated for ever, said Tsai.

 

 

Chou Mei-li, Deputy Secretary of TAU, thinks the greatest significance she learned from this Scottish Independence Referendum is that "People Decide", as such self-determination is the most basic value of democracy.

 

 

Based on a 95% of voter's registration and 85% turn out, Pasang, representative of ATIPP, concludes this referendum vote is near a total mobilization of the Scotland, yet the absence of radical conflicts or bodily fighting is more remarkable. He praises CoS could hold a reconciliation service, reflecting the common values and goals of the Scottish people after this historical vote for independence. And this is a democracy mind set worthy to be learned by Taiwan society.

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

To report their two-week's findings during this historical Scottish independence vote, members of PCT-led Observation Group of the Scottish Independence Referendum, Rev. Lo Ren-quei(PCT General Assembly Moderator and leader of this observation group, center in pastor clad), holds a press conference in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan(Congress) on September 24, 2014.

 

Photo by Lin Yi-yin

 

 
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